Time seems to have just slipped by without blogging here for a couple of months. I have myself spread a little to thin lately and having troubles keeping up everywhere. So lets just try and catch up on the last couple of months.
Sheaba has had lots of visitors this past 2 months. Each time she seems to come out of her scared shell and begins to act like normal dog. But then when her animal friends leave, she reverts back to being so scared of many things. I know this summer has been hard for her with flying tarps, construction around the house and an old screen tent I covered our back porch with. She is so much worse when the winds come up. But when another dog is here she seems so much more confident about her surroundings. Her biggest joy is her two walks a day. The rest of the time she prefers to spend in the house under our dinning room table where it is quiet and secure from the winds and flapping tarps.
Her best friend is now Cole who comes to stay for a few nights every now and then. She loves to be chased and play with him.
We had an unexpected visitor for almost a month. My neighbours little donkey I came across while on my walk in the forest and she followed me home. We loved her so much and she went for walk with us everyday and was spoiled getting brushed and fly wipe put on to keep the bugs away. Her name is Annie. I know her owner wanted her back so after a month I finally walked her the 3 miles back to her ranch. We love Annie, but the extra work was taking away from other projects for me. Like blogging…
During the time Annie the donkey was staying with us her owner and dear friend of mine for over 30 years had been diagnosed with cancer. She was in the hospital for 2 weeks so during that time I had her smallest dog Jack, who was soon getting spoiled with walks as well everyday. Yes the donkey Annie, the small dog Jack and Sheaba our dog would go for 2 walks a day all together. Also during this time I was going to my friends house and feeding the rest of her dogs, turtle and watering all her plants.
My friend has since come home, but for how long I don’t know, so if I disappear for awhile again it’s because I am concentrating my energy and time helping her.
Please pray for her……
I did manage in middle of June to get away during all the animal care, hubby stayed home to care for them while I went to my nieces wedding in Redmond Oregon. I so can’t wait till I get my new camera to take really good photos. But I do think I caught some pretty good moments.
Our whole family out on the dance floor at the wedding. I was up on the balcony spying on them. My sister did get one of me in the upper left hand corner during a Bob Seger Song. I can’t help myself playing air guitar and singing. I spent a whole week there and it was so special to bond with my great nieces and nephews as will as seeing all the rest of the family.
While down there I really wanted to get at least one good long hike in. So I went to near by Smith Rock State Park and did an almost 4 mile hike in 2 hours. I was alone and took the Misery Ridge hike up over the rocks the cropped out of the landscape. It was almost straight up for a mile the trail making switchbacks the whole way up along with some stairs. I was so happy to know I could still do such a climb in elevation. The view from the top was awesome. Then I went back down the other side switching back and forth to get to the bottom.
Smith Rock State park is very popular for rock climbing and I was able to see many climbers ascending rock faces. But mostly the scenery on the trail that followed around the rocks and river was so beautiful. The whole area of Redmond Oregon is filled with so many things to do and see.
This summer has been designated as a work summer. So many repairs and maintenance had to be addressed. So hubby has been working 8 hours a day, 6 days a week for almost 2 months on our deck project and fixing leaks in roofs. The deck project is taking so long as he is cutting all the lumber on our sawmill, which for every few boards cut, it breaks down and needs a few hours of repair. We could have bought the lumber, but he is so stubborn and wanted to use the logs we had cut last summer for lumber. The deck isn’t finished yet only a new extension addition we added to the old deck. All the old decking still needs replacing, but as the weather has been clear and hot it was a perfect time to get on with the roofing project. Another week and it should be done. Then to our deck on our greenhouse which needs replacing as that is leaking into the bedroom below. Then it will be back to finishing our deck at the house. Poor hubby, he made a comment the other day saying “how much can body take” I knew he was getting tired of all the work. I have helped when and where I can, but most he has to do. I have another nieces wedding end of August in Oregon again, I am hoping to get hubby away for a little holiday together.
I have been keeping busy with my flowers and garden. As hubby was busy I had to weed the whole garden and am doing all the lawn mowing. I did not get my automatic watering timers up this year, so watering takes a lot of my time. But with the heat and sun we have had for a month now everything is in full of color.
Between all the work around here I have manage to make baby steps in my creating my hand made creating cards from my photos. I am hoping to have a good variety ready for a Christmas sale here in November. Also trying to slowly get some sort of sales set up on the internet. So much to do there and very little time for it. More a winter project.
To speed things up just last week my satellite internet was upgraded to a new system that is way faster and even cheaper. To add to that I had purchased a new laptop ( Acer/M Intel core i5 ultra book) last winter and also now for the first time in 5 years have a wireless router. The speed of getting stuff done on my new computer is a hundred times fast then my old one. Hubby now has his own computer and I have my own. He mostly only reads his newspaper on it. I also got an iPod which I love. I think I finally have all the apps and everything I need to sync on my computer and iPod. So while laying on the couch in the greenhouse watching TV I can still get a few things done with my iPod and still get my internet connection in there. I was so tired before to even sit at a computer in the evening, but laying down with a little handheld I can handle. So just need to get another blog out at my other 2 blogs God's Garden of Nature and Quotography by Here I Am Carrie and then I can finally get out and catch up visiting all my blogging friends which I hope will go much faster then it has in the last 5 years. But always trying to catch a moment here and there to read here enjoying our new deck extension.
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